Saskatoon Norwegian School (NorSkole)
Registration and first classes – September 2017 is soon
Language classes registration on Monday, September 11th at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, September 12th at 6:00 pm, at Aden Bowman Collegiate. The Aden Bowman Collegiate is on the corner of Taylor Street and Clarence Avenue.
Norwegian Folk Dance registration at Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre on Wednesday, September 13th at 7:30 pm. Address: 2200 St Henry Ave, S7M 0P5.
The Saskatoon Norwegian School (NorSkole) is a non-profit, community-based organization, sponsored by the Saskatoon Norwegian Cultural Society. It has been offering classes continuously since 1983. It is one of about 29 heritage language schools instructing classes in about 25 different languages on evenings and weekends, mainly in classrooms made available free of charge by the Saskatoon Public School Board of Education.
Approximately 1,000 students, mainly children, take these heritage language classes, instructed by typically 120 – 140 instructors. Many volunteer their time. Enrollment typically totals 40 – 50 children, youth and adults. Various classes include language, folk dance, culture and song for ages from five to adult.
SNCS provides overall management, operational funding and audited financial accounting. Any school-year deficits are covered by SNCS and any surpluses are applied to financing the next school-year. Tuition for students age 18 and under are subsidized by modest grants from Sask Lotteries via the Saskatchewan Organization for Heritage Languages (SOHL), and from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education.
Classes are held at Aden Bowman Collegiate on Monday evenings beginning the first Monday after Labour Day, when registration also takes place. Children’s classes are from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Youth/Adult classes are from 6:45 – 8:45 PM. Classes are offered in two terms, the first running from September to December, the second running from January to April. Each class is dependent on sufficient students and availability of instructors. All classes require membership of students in the SNCS. Membership cost per year is $25 per student or $35 per family, and is payable at the time of registration.
Youth~Adult Beginner Course
This course teaches how to read and write basic Norwegian (Bokmål), and to understand easy basic Norwegian when spoken slowly. A fair degree of fluency can be developed by extra study of the course material at home, and/or by attending the Intermediate Conversational course.
The course comprises about 28 lessons through to the end of April on Monday evenings at Aden Bowman Collegiate. When there is school holidays we also take holidays.
The course makes use of:
- A study workbook, with two companion CDs to aid extra listening and pronunciation study at home. This section teaches the language structure and how to compose and understand sentences, vocabulary and pronunciation.
- A dialogue section for reading, pronunciation and listening comprehension, with two companion CDs.
- A section with 15 traditional popular folk songs for listening comprehension and vocabulary enhancement, also with a CD.
- A section of 45 color-illustrated Norway Notes on places of interest, crafts and other items of cultural interest plus extra material as time permits.
- It is also recommended to use two free language sources on the Internet, such as Duolingo and Karin, Norwegian Teacher on You Tube.
Many students choose to repeat the course, both to stay in touch with the language and to improve proficiency. Students may also participate in the Intermediate Conversational Course given on Tuesday evenings.
Intermediate Conversational Course
This course comprises 24 two-hour sessions on Tuesday evenings. These sessions are more of a social event for students who wish to both stay in touch with the language and improve their proficiency. Each session usually begins with each student describing in Norwegian an activity or an event they had the previous week. Other students ask questions. English words are used where vocabulary is lacking and the translations are discussed. The rest of the session is quite varied with activities both interesting and humorous. The emphasis is on having fun with communication rather than the exactness of the Monday course, although students try to do their best.
Advanced Conversational Course
This course is for those with excellent fluency to practice the Norwegian language. The time and place is at the convenience of the instructor and students.
The course comprises about 28 lessons through to the end of April all at Aden Bowman Collegiate. These are 1-hour sessions between 7:00 to 8:00, at the same time as the Youth~Adult Beginner course. When there is school holidays we also take holidays.
The course uses an illustrated study-work book and includes games, songs, and stories to enhance learning. Students may also attend the first 80 minutes of the Youth~Adult Beginners’ course and then join the others for traditional folk dancing.
This course on Monday evenings comprises less formal language learning, designed to appeal to teenagers, followed by traditional folk dancing.
Youth~Adult Traditional Norwegian Folk Dancing
This course is given at Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM, until 9:00m PM. It is not necessary to bring a partner for this kind of dancing, although the more the merrier.
Registration Form: – Please print out and bring with you to registration or mail in before August 31st. Forms will also be available at the time of registration
***Students Wishing to Register after Classes Started***
Some ask: “Can I start late?” The answer is yes, but some conditions apply.
The lessons are structured, so late-starters cannot expect to infringe much upon the instructor’s time in class to help them with catch-up. However, the study materials lend themselves to study and catch-up at home. Registering up to one month late should not be too difficult for a student to manage. After that a determined effort is required. If a student has missed most of Term 1, a determined effort over the Christmas break can make it possible to merge into Term 2 without becoming a burden for the class.
Students who have some Norwegian skills are welcome to register for the Intermediate Class.
Please fill out this form for your membership fee:
Please use this form for your class and dance registration:
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